Covid-19 General advice from the wider sector and potential funding for small businesses in Scotland and beyond

In this second blog post, Icon Scotland Group has compiled a list of resources for freelancers and others. We will be expanding on this list and will endeavour to keep conservators in Scotland up to date with whatever information they require:

Scottish Government:

Support for small businesses, helpline:


Creative Scotland:

Includes helpline, grants for small businesses, existing grantholders


Built Environment Forum Scotland:

Comprehensive list of sites and links to support advice and funding

Cultural Heritage Advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Useful accountant’s advice (Scotland):


For Charities in Scotland (Museums and others )

3rd Sector resilience advice from SCVO



Arts Council England:

Package of 160M grants for small business in creative sector (not Scotland obviously)



The Art Newspaper’s useful list (by country) of help and guidance for small arts businesses:


For Conservators

Icon’s Covid-19 resource page:


VDR (Germany – by region)

Gut durch die Krise kommen – Aktuelle Links und Hinweise für Restauratoren



Handling Library materials and collections during a Pandemic

useful web links and guidance


Stay safe and keep well

Covid-19 Government Support Scheme for the Self-Employed

In this first Covid-19 support blog post, Icon Scotland Group has compiled the latest information regarding Government support for the self-employed, summarised by Business Gateway below:

Business Gateway: UK Self-Employment Support Package

How do I claim the help?

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will use existing information to identify those eligible and will invite applications
  • The application will require them to confirm that they meet the eligibility requirements
  • It will be paid straight into a bank account, which eligible taxpayers will need to confirm on their application form
  • People do not need to contact HMRC now if they are eligible HMRC will contact them directly
  • The scheme will pay 80% of average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month, for three months initially
  • The money, backdated till March, will arrive directly into people’s bank accounts from HMRC as a lump sum for all three months, but not until June
  • The grants will be taxable and will need to be declared on tax returns by January 2022
  • At least half your income needs to have come from self-employment as registered on the 2019-20 tax return filed in January or averaged over the three previous years
  • Company owners who pay themselves a dividend are not covered

For more information find a link to the HMRC website below:

HMRC [Covid-19] Self Employment Income Support Scheme

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.


Self-employment Income Support Scheme FAQs

Furthermore, Ii you are self-employed and not claiming any benefits, you may be entitled to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.